Celebrate National Pizza Week With These Hot N’ Ready Facts

It’s National Pizza Week, and even though I celebrate that week 52 times a year, I thought it’d be the best time to spout some pizza facts so we can fill out minds while we stuff our mouths.

The earliest mention of the word “pizza” is more than a thousand years old, dating back to a Latin text written in 997 CE.

In the early 20th century, pizza was mainly eaten and sold by working-class Italian immigrants. After WWII, soldiers came back from Italy with a taste for pizza, and thus grew the demand.

The U.S Military Lab invented a ready-to-eat pizza that can last for up to 3 years intended for soldiers abroad.

There’s a pizza museum in Philadelphia called Pizza Brain that houses the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia.

The best nights for pizza sales are Halloween, the night before Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Super Bowl Sunday.

The largest pizza ever made was 131 feet across and weighed over 2.5 tons.

Pizza Bagels are fucking awesome. That’s not a fact, I just love them.

Pizza Stats! In 2013 Americans ate 350 slices per second, and 40% of Americans ate pizza once a week.

Chuck E. Cheese’s was started by the co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell, as a way to make money off of video games. Apparently, their business model included selling gross pizza while a scary robot mouse screams non-sense songs at you.

Food scientists studied the different cheeses and their baking properties to find which cheese works best for pizzas. Mozzarella won out, so now it has flavor and science behind it.

Spinning the dough is the best way to evenly spread the dough and retain moisture. There’s also World Pizza Championships where teams compete in dough-spinning.

There was a film in 2011 called Pizza-Man, about a pizza-themed superhero who gained his powers from eating a genetically modified tomato. I did not include a photo from this Frankie Muniz movie for your safety, but here’s some Ninja Turtles to make up for it.

The four main types of mozzarella used for pizza are mozzarella di bufala (made from milk of water buffalo in Italy), fior di latte (cow’s milk in Italy), burrata (fresh Italian cheese), and “pizza cheese” (whole milk or part skim milk mozzarella used in American pizzerias).

In 1933, genius visionary and my personal hero Patsy Lancieri started selling pizza by the slice for the first time. Before that pizza was sold by the entire pie.

Pizza Lingo!
Stretched out dough = Skin
Mushrooms = Screamers
Pepperoni = Flyers

The founder of Dominos, Tom Monaghan, holds an advanced degree in “Pizza-ology” from Domino’s College of Pizza-ology, a title only held by 3 people. I have to assume this holds as much clout as my title of “Wing Certified Trainer” from Buffalo Wild Wings.

The Hawian pizza was invented by Sam Panopoulos, a Greek man living in Canada. The only connection to Hawaii was the brand of pineapples he used. Also, Hawaiian pizza tastes better if you use BBQ sauce instead of red sauce. Try it.

There’s an association called the Associazione Verace Pizza Nepoletana or “True Neapolitan Pizza Association”. It sets rules and specifications on what can be considered true Neapolitan pizza.
It’s also super fucking corrupt, watch the pizza episode of Ugly Delicious on Netflix to find out just how shady it is.

Pizza Hut became the first outer space delivery company by sending a 6″ salami pizza to the International Space Station.

The “Pizza Connection” trial is the longest running criminal jury trial in America, running from 1985 to 1987, with 22 defendants who were charged with running a pizza restaurant as a front for drug trafficking.

Dominos ran their “30 minutes or less” guarantee from 1979 to 1993, ending it because of too many accidents, a case of vehicular manslaughter, and lawsuits of “promoting unsafe driving”.

Pizza was used to help catch the serial killer “Grim Sleeper” when an undercover officer took a DNA sample from a slice the killer was eating at a family birthday party.

The author of The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas, saw that the Neapolitan people ate nothing but watermelon in the summer and pizza in the winter in Naples.

The first deep dish “pizza” was created in 1943 by what would become the Pizzeria Uno chain of restaurants.Bonus Fact: Deep Dish Pizza is not pizza, it is a pizza flavored pot pie without a top. Give me shit in the comments all you want, I’m not wrong.

Tom Lehmann is known as the “Dough Doctor”, and he is the go-to man for his expertise in pizza dough. He is a pizza expert who has been working for the American Institute of Baking since 1967.

Lombardi’s, a grocery store in New York City, is credited as the first place to sell pizza in America in 1905.

In 2013 NASA-funded scientists invented a 3D printer capable of cooking a pizza in 70 seconds. Somehow a Noble Prize was never awarded…

Frozen pizzas started in 1962, but weren’t well-received until Rose Totino revamped the recipe and made them, well, edible. Thank you, Rose, for feeding me throughout high-school and college. And for pizza rolls, those are bomb.

Pizza has actually helped prevent many crimes, including a delivery man who threw the hot pie at his would-be muggers and escaped, as well as a woman who called the police pretending to order a pizza in front of a burglar who was in her home.

Here’s an extra photo of pizza I had because why not?